Anyone can easily start calisthenics with some basic bodyweight exercises. However, if you really wish to learn skills such as muscle-ups, lateral pushups, etc, you need a guide. Since not everyone is lucky to find a calisthenics guru, here are the best calisthenics apps you can try to kick-start your fitness journey.
Best Calisthenics Apps
1. We’re Working Out
It’s developed by a bodyweight expert and a workout author AL Kavaldo. This app has one of the best animations I’ve seen in workout apps. Moreover, it is divided into sections, so you can choose a workout or follow a routine quickly.
You also get an exercise library with animated workouts color-coded for difficulty levels and a detailed description. The app is free however some exercises are locked behind a paywall. You can upgrade and unlock these at a one-time fee of $6.
- Minimal clean animation
- Warm-up section
- Isometric workout for mind & body
- Workout Logs
2. Calisthenics Workout
The previous app will get you started with building up your core strength. However, this one will make you more aware of the muscles each exercise targets. It requires you to add exercises to each day of the week. So you can add multiple exercises you like and simply hit start to begin the routine.
You get a countdown and an interval timer, a custom routine option, an audio guide, and much more. So whether it’s the chest or your abs you want to target, with more than 100+ exercises, cover them all.
- 100 + exercises
- Target muscle styled layout
- Custom weekly routines
The above calisthenics apps are mainly focused on warm-up and bodyweight exercises. Thenics will take it up a notch with dedicated calisthenics exercises. It contains skills like muscle-ups, back levers, handstands, human flags, and many more.
Moreover, all these skills are taught step by step making difficult skills achievable. Besides skills, you also have workouts that can be done without any specific skill training. The app has a pro version with more workout/skills. It comes with a 14 day trial period and will set you back by $4/month.
- Beginner calisthenics skills
- Step by step progression
- Workout history
- No animation
Thenx is actually a YouTube channel that is widely followed by the calisthenics community. You are first required to set up the app using basic BMI data, current fitness level, fitness goals, etc. You can then choose from weekly programs, workouts of the day, and even browse all the YouTube videos.
Unlike other apps, you are required to create an account by using your email ID as there is no option for a quick Google sign-up Although free, there are few workouts that are behind the paywall. They can be unlocked with a monthly subscription of $9.99.
- Video workouts
- Audio library
- Detailed technique guide
- Inbuilt social media
5. Calisthenics Parks
If you really need to train efficiently and effectively, working out in your home has its restriction. Since regular indoor gyms aren’t the best venue to practice calisthenics, use this app to find outdoor gyms and locations. The app has an interactive map with over 10000+ spots in several countries around the world. The best part is, you don’t need an account to use the app.
Besides that, you can explore equipment deals, join or add calisthenics events around you, and interact with users using the chat feature.
- Interactive map
- Verified images
- User comments
If you’re active on Reddit, the ‘front page of the internet’ is a treasure for someone starting with calisthenics. You can search for routines, ask for advice, discuss technical issues, and much more. While you can use the above apps, they aren’t a great way to figure out how to improve your skills, try new ones, diet charts, etc. As all these subreddits are active most of the time, it’s a source of motivation.
Which Calisthenics App to Pick
So these were the best calisthenics apps you can try to get in shape. If you’re a beginner, I highly recommend starting out with We’re Working Out or Calisthenics Workout (the first two apps). You can also join the calisthenics subreddits that will connect you with like-minded beginners and pros alike. It provides a great platform to ask questions, take advice from seasoned calisthenics athletes without spending a dime.